Friday, May 27, 2016

Busaba Eathai Manchester Review

I have been frequenting Busaba Eathai a lot recently.

For someone who rarely eats out (well, in the UK anyway), having gone to this restaurant four times in 3 weeks is quite a feat.

I feel like I may come across as being overly-critical in this review, but I think it's just a Singaporean- or Asian thing to be critical? ๐Ÿ˜ฌ

Trust me when I say the food is worth it- you just need to pick the right dishes! Well, this may be less a review than an insistent "get these dishes or else" but you know, do what you want, and feel free to ask the staff for recommendations to suit your palate. 

I must first start off by loudly proclaiming how bloody excellent the Thai ice coffee (I think it's around £2) is. Pardon my French, but I will repeat- bloody excellent.


The cardamom pods give it a hint of spice, that extra something special, and I am guilty of repeatedly going back just for the iced coffee.





Perfect for summer ๐Ÿ˜Ž





The Thai calamari (£6.95) is a must-have, a perfect blend of salty and sweet. It is a mouthful of chewy heaven that seems to go on forever! Scoop on the ginger pieces and chew on and on and on....

It comes in a tasteful bowl, perfect for sharing between two people, or you can get one on your own because face it, it's amazing and you want it all to yourself. I nearly cried happy tears and took an additional order to go.


There were two businessmen next to me on one of my visits loudly singing its praises, and I couldn't stop smiling at my exact sentiments ๐Ÿ˜Ž







The fish cakes (£4.95) are also very excellent. I wish there were more for the price, but these aren't your ordinary fish cakes- they do pack a punch especially given how bad I am with spicy food- but boy, are they worth it. Just make sure you savour those few bites! I love the texture, and the sauce that comes with it adds a bit of zingy sweetness, and paired with the spicy, savoury flavour of the fishcake, creates the perfect blend of umami.


For the main:

I usually get the Tom kha chicken (£10.95), which is lemongrass chicken and glass noodles in a delicious broth. It's a perfect blend of sour, spice, and savoury- I adore the heady coconut, galangal and lemongrass taste.

If you've had Thai before, the best description for this is Tom yum, with its spiciness neutered somewhat. It's a godsend for people who love Tom yum, but can't handle the spiciness.


Galangal is a root vegetable much like ginger and features prominently in Tom Kha and Tom yum soups. The fact that they've made sure to include it is impressive, since many of the Thai restaurants I've been to leave it out for convenience sake. It's not really something you can find in supermarkets here.


I usually ask for more noodles, since the portion can be quite small. There is ample broth though, which I happily finish every time.



The Classic pad Thai (£9.50) had a huge portion I struggled to finish after ordering a side dish and dessert.


I didn't enjoy it as much because the dried shrimp overwhelmed the whole dish. If you have a Western palate and find fish sauce disgusting, I would not recommend getting this. I did like the crunchy texture of the beansprouts paired with the noodles, but towards the end my mouth was on fire and I could barely taste anything other than fire and dried shrimp.


If you can handle your spice, I would recommend the Northern Thai laksa (£10.95). I had a small taste from my cousin's bowl and the soup is really aromatic. The chicken is tender and flavourful too, and the noodles lend a nice bite to it. Be prepared to down several glasses of water!


And how can one forget to mention a green curry dish? Get the green chicken curry with aubergines and corn and you won't go wrong.


Personally, the side dishes outshine the mains. I would order a whole bunch of sides if I could afford it, to be honest.


I have yet to try the Som Tam, which is a green papaya salad with dried shrimp, peanut, cherry tomatoes and lime but I'm looking forward to it on my next visit- I just couldn't justify getting three sides, and I couldn't not order the calamari or the fish cakes! I Am Pho in Chinatown, Manchester (directions here) does a great salad in the same style, and I regularly go there for good Vietnamese food.


I've tried most of the desserts and some are good, but others are not necessarily something you could justify paying for.


The must-try dessert has to be the sticky black rice pudding (£4.95). It is deliciously sweet, a great palate cleanser, and the sour notes of the mango balance out the sweetness of the condensed milk.

If you loved this, The kitchn does a really good recipe that you can try. Healthy Harlequin has also done a helpful video tutorial, but it uses the Chinese equivalent, which is less sticky.


How to make Forbidden Coconut Black Rice with Healthy Harlequin (15 secs) from Healthy Harlequin on Vimeo.





The coconut ice cream (2 scoops, £3.50; 3 scoops, £4.50) has an interesting bite with coconut pieces, but I would much like it better with a stronger coconut taste- it resembles more vanilla than coconut.


I would skip the pandan roll and buy one from a Chinese bakery at a fraction of the cost.



General Remarks

Ambience: Excellent


The decorations are very thought-out, and everything: from the cutlery, the vases, the furnishings, to the wall decals... hell, the toilets look like they belong in a spa.

(Go to Busaba for the wooden toilet seats!! Tell them I sent you! ๐Ÿ˜‚)







Food: Very Good


There is a good balance between traditional and modern, and the dishes try to be as authentic as possible even as it explores innovative twists. Some of the dishes do fall flat on authenticity, but if you have not been to Thailand, you probably might as well visit them. The London branch has better food than the Manchester one.


Customer service: Very Good


The staff were very friendly and made sure to recommend dishes and ask whether we enjoyed our meals.


The first time we went, there was a breakdown in communication and resulted in us waiting over 20 minutes before they realised. They apologised profusely told us that all our drinks would be on the house, which was a nice surprise.


Sometimes it can be difficult to get their attention, which might be attributed to the large size of the restaurant.


Wait time: 
Generally 10-20 minutes.


The staff usually ask if we want prawn crackers while waiting and serve drinks immediately, so don't worry about sitting around hungry!


Affordability: Very Good


The prices are reasonable but if you are on a student budget i.e. in debt and scrimping to make ends meet, just make sure you get a set meal. They do lunch sets from £9.95 from Monday to Friday, 12-4pm and £12.95 from 4pm.

Otherwise, getting a starter, main, drinks and dessert each would set you back roughly £20-30/ pax.


Opening times: They are open from 12-11pm most days.

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I wasn't paid to do this review- all opinions are my own. In fact, I have given them all my money by buying way too much calamari and iced coffee. ๐Ÿ˜…


They have an ongoing promotion for the Bank holiday weekend- exciting times!


Top 5 Most Useful Things I bought from The Body Shop*

*of course, this is MY list, which means it is relative. Definitely, someone else has bought these product(s) and thought they were terrible and worthy of a long rant like I did here, so please don’t come after me with a rusty axe.
This is a post in response to my very cheeky post from 2 weeks ago: Top 5 Most Useless Things I bought from The Body Shop in a vain attempt to ensure I'm not sued. These purchases are things I genuinely enjoy and purchase repeatedly. I stockpile them whenever there are sales on, which means always (there is a sale every week and I don't understand why, but I'm not complaining. The Christmas sales are the best)- so I end up with a lot of these.
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I prefer bar soaps to liquid soap. There's something simply satisfying about scrubbing it all over yourself, and I find you feel cleaner and firmer for some reason?? With liquid soaps it feels like you're rubbing conditioner all over yourself and it doesn't feel CLEAN. I give up trying to explain this concept because there's obviously some science-y mumbo-jumbo and mind trickery that I am no good at so you need to try it out for yourself.
My favourite is the Chocomania bar soap. All the UK and Singapore stores have phased it out, unfortunately- but I stockpiled 5 of them last year during the sale because it was going at only £1 (50% off!).

What is it with The Body Shop and getting rid of nice things?? Why can't we ever have nice things? The US stores still sell it but it comes in the shape of a heart. Wish they'd ship it to the UK ffs- I'm running low and need my soap fix asap.

Edit: went to Canada and they don't stock it either. Looks like the US is hoarding them all.
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The Chocomania soap comes with little gritty bits in them that serve as an exfoliator. Just like how you expect a cookie to be chocolate chip and bite into a raisin cookie instead, the little gritty bits are actually pieces of coconut shell.

Such heresy.
I wanted to bathe in the ruined dreams of broken chocolate bits.
However, if this isn't a priority on your list and you're perfectly happy in scrubbing yourself off with coconut shell, these exfoliator thingamajigs are perfect: you can get clean and smooth at the same time. Especially if you're really lazy.

It's now winter and you don't need to get your legs out so you can skimp on full-body exfoliation I guess. Though I still have dry scale-y snakeskin on my legs that show no sign of wanting to budge and probably needs some sort of industrial-strength cleaner, it does slough off some of the dead skin and makes it feel soft.
With the Chocomania soap sadly out of stock in stores everywhere here, I would recommend going for the Shea soap if you liked the scent of the Chocomania one, or the Coconut. I would recommend popping into one of the stores to sniff surreptitiously at them like a drug addict and run home to nab one of the "exclusive" and "limited-time" (read: forever ongoing) sales. 

It is much cheaper than buying the soaps in stores because you can usually get them for 30-60% off with free delivery even. Sales are best from November-January but you need to decide if you want to hold out for the massive Christmas sale around 20-25 December and risk having the items go out of stock, or get them earlier, but at a lower discount.
I sound like such a cheapskate seasoned shopper gosh.
At full price, most of these soaps are £2. Other ranges can go up to £4-6 if I am not wrong (e.g. the hemp one), but I prefer the basic ones.
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I admit I mostly bought this because I'm a huge fan of ginger and ginger tea. I had occasions of dandruff 2-3 years ago whenever I got stressed, nothing major so I didn't think it was anything I should worry about.

To tell the truth I didn't think this would help much. You know how products promise loads of things and never actually do any? (wow what a cynical b*tch I am)
Surprisingly, it did help, and it smells amazing. The smell doesn't last as long as the cheap ones you get from the pound store and costs four times as much but a little goes a long way and I promise you, it makes your hair and scalp feel great. It feels really cooling and a little tingly and I don't know if I should attribute it to this shampoo- but my hair grows out a lot quicker and looks fuller.

Most importantly, I don't have issues with dandruff even though the second year of uni is stressing me out beyond belief. It would be perfect if it could help with oily scalps (the product claims to help dry scalps) but I guess you can't have it all!
I sometimes mix it with cinnamon powder because it smells amazing together and makes your scalp less oily but make sure to rinse it out properly or you will leave cinnamon powder that looks like gritty brown dandruff everytime you move your head.
After I got a light perm 3 months ago I found that this isn't enough to moisturise my hair, so I've been using argan oil (pure argan oil from my old workplace, not the one TBS is selling) and a conditioner from the Rainforest range.

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I usually get the jumbo-sized 400ml ones and I bought far too much last Christmas (three bottles). It's Christmas again soon and I'm STILL on my first bottle. Huh. Admittedly if you're buying it for your family it'll go down quicker, but it is still impressive nonetheless.
Get the 250ml at £4.50 or the 400ml at £6.50.
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This baby is NOT cheap and I would highly recommend going in-store to make sure whatever hand cream you're getting is something you like the smell of/ works for you. I like the smell of this as it is very fresh and wakes me up but it still needed some getting used to. One of my best friends absolutely loathes the smell though.
I like this one because it's light enough to not leave an oily film on your hands yet moisturising enough (more than the rose one). I only switch this out for the hemp hand cream (which smells even worse) for heavy-duty moisturising during winter. 

I even apply it to my nose if it's feeling really dry and I don't have any face moisturiser on hand. It's so light it doesn't break me out.
In terms of how heavy the different hand creams are,  from what I've tried: (heaviest to lightest)
Hemp > Almond > Absinthe > Wild Rose (SPF 15)
They've launched a whole bunch of fruit ones but I've not tried those yet.
My boyfriend got this for me nearly two years ago (the 100ml one) and it's still around, though very squashed and crinkled. 

I'm not sure what I feel about these tubes because they look very pretty, but they don't bounce back to shape and I'm definitely going to cut the tube to scoop out the remaining hand cream hiding in the cracks I couldn't smooth out.
Get the 30ml at £5 or the 100ml at £11. I find the 100ml a lot more difficult to misplace, lasts longer, is more bang for your buck and still compact enough to fit in the small pockets of your bag.
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This perfume oil is from the Scents of the World range, which is pretty popular in Asia but is apparently being phased out of a lot of western stores for some reason. I have huge issues with this. 

The Body Shop discontinued their original, wildly popular vanilla perfume oil to huge outcry and I was glad they brought it back in the form of this perfume oil. However... it seems like this is going the way of the Dodo again. 

I don't understand it, they must not want to earn money. Stop wasting money marketing new ranges and please bring back all the good things!
Maybe it's time to start hoarding bottles when I fly back to Singapore in June.
This perfume oil lasts for ages and is not overly cloying. Standard spray-on perfumes tend to overwhelm upon initial application and fade quickly, but this stays on for hours and hours consistently, which I love.
I often layer this with my Chloรฉ perfume because that doesn't last long, and I like the additional musk. Often, vanilla-based perfumes have the tendency to make you smell like a bakery but this manages to keep the vanilla note without making you out to be a breathing, living cupcake.
If vanilla isn't quite your thing, you can check out the other scents in this range. They also come in other forms, like a body mist, shower gel, and body lotion. I bought it for $22.50 SGD if I'm not wrong, which is probably around £10-11. I'm not quite sure if you can buy it still but you could try scouring eBay.
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This is one of the best moisturisers I've used and it cleared up my acne for the first 2 months of usage. After that the acne bacteria probably got used to it and developed some sort of immunity? I have zero clue about how this works please don't lecture me about it thanks #badscience
I got it before they started offering the larger 100ml size but it was a bit cheaper then, £11 compared to £12 (they've changed the packaging now to a very patriotic British flag design). I got it during a sale, 50% off so I got it at £5.50. 

I probably wouldn't buy it at full price (why is my whole blog post about me talking about discounts? I'm so Singaporean) when there are much cheaper alternatives, but if you're extremely frustrated with your skin and would like to try a cream that is suitable for combination skin, I would recommend giving this a go.
A little honestly goes a long way and I would like to see this cream in a pump dispenser, which will be more convenient and infinitely more hygienic than repeatedly dipping my fingers that have touched every surface possible- even if I washed my hands before application, exposure to air/dust etc isn't very good either. 

I used a tiny spatula that was originally used for ice-cream to apply it, but it was a hassle half the time.
The original price for the 50ml is £12. The 100ml is £18 (admittedly the better deal).
BONUSBody butters
This post cannot be complete without the product that probably made The Body Shop so well-known all over the world- body butter!
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Before they started marketing it as such, other brands called moisturisers, moisturisers. Now, every brand is coming up with their own version of body butter in various fruity scents. Sounds fancier, I guess.
In high school, we weren't allowed to use perfume so the girls would apply these body butters after P.E. (gym) to smell nice. 

Everyone had their own 'signature scent' and when someone happened to buy the same scent there would be inevitable bitching in class with snide remarks (ahh, how immature we were). The class would always smell like a bloody fruit salad after P.E.
Still, at least it masked how bad the guys smelt.
My favourites have got to be the Papaya (limited edition, OOS), the Raspberry, and the Shea (which I have never owned but have always wanted to). These tubs never seem to run out and I have only managed to finish one. I have 6 unfinished ones, because The Body Shop keeps sending me free tubs along with their sales, or I pick up some because they are 60% off or something and I couldn't resist.
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I hope this post didn't end up being a shameless plug for products. 

These are things I have honestly tried and loved and they worked for me. Of course, I would recommend visiting a store to try them out (the staff members are usually very generous with samples) and please, please, do patch tests for stuff you put on your face especially if you have sensitive skin.

I would recommend waiting for sales and purchasing the products online, unless money isn't an issue and you can't be bothered with deals and sales.
The Body Shop is definitely more expensive than drugstore alternatives like Nivea, but I like the extra care they put into packaging and their various campaigns to help the environment and people in need. Plus, if you wait for the sales, some of their soaps and moisturisers can be cheaper than the drugstore alternatives too.
Read my other post where I lambast useless Body Shop products here (fairly, of course)!

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Top 5 Most Useless Things I bought from The Body Shop*

*of course, this is MY list, which means it is relative. Definitely, someone else has bought these product(s) and thought them the best thing since sliced bread, so please don't come after me with a rusty axe.


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1) Thirsty Feet Moisture Socks


19424m_lThese remind me of the weird shoes they used to have in Ancient China.

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You'd think they'd know better than to take fashion tips from people centuries and centuries ago, but then again people are wearing Native American headdresses for music festivals, so evidently not.

Okay, so the thing is- these are sleeping socks. You slather moisturiser on your feet, put this sorry excuse of a sock on and wake up to baby soft feet.


Which would be a good idea, if only they would stay on my feet. Given that the average shoe size is 5, you'd expect them to cater them to women around this range- they're stretchy, after all- but noooo, it's oversized socks for you! And you! And you!


Oversized socks for everyone! 1!1!1! I wake up to dry feet in these harsh British winters (okay, I kid) and have to waste time in the morning hunting for these frustrating incompetent feet things under my duvet. Not ideal.


These socks stain too, btw, after I slathered the gingerbread body butter from TBS and now it looks like I sweat orange sweat. Wonder why they haven't recommended any sort of foot cream that doesn't stain to go with it?? It looks atrocious and after 3 uses I have given up and decided to use it as a very overpriced cloth to clean my mirror- which works great, in case you're wondering.


I would recommend this only if you have bigfoot-sized feet (name practically explains itself) or if you would like to procure a glorified overpriced surface cleaner. All yours for only £7!


2) No More Rough Stuff Smoother


24166m_lI probably am doing this wrong but I don't know what this is supposed to do for my feet, after rubbing them with this blue monstrosity (takes bloody ages and I just can't be arsed to be honest) which only seems to hurt my hand.

Are they supposed to be nice and smooth? Because I sure don't see any difference. Maybe my feet are already passably smooth and that's why it's not doing much.Who knows.


I know they recommended this for elbows too but it bloody hurts and after one try I'm not doing it again. Which side am I supposed to use? The differently sized edges do come in pretty useful for smaller bits, but it's not doing much for me. The cheap Chinese grater-like thing my mum acquired years ago worked tons better.


It's only £4 for this sandpaper-like block, so give it a try- you may get better results than I did! The only use I've got out of it is observing the black mould spots on it grow and spread as I leave it abandoned on the bathroom shelf. Future microbacterial scientists, anyone?


3) Cooling Gel Eye Mask


53356m_lI don't have puffy, tired eyes much and when I do, I forget to put this it in the fridge, so it's essentially useless. I'm not walking two floors down to put it in the fridge along with my bacon and vegetables and week-old fruit and waiting half an hour then walking down again to get it and come up.

Nah.By then I just want to sleep.


I much prefer a hot flannel over my eyes or anything warm really. I liked the hot packs from Taiwan that were chemically activated or something, you pressed this metal tab in the silicone pack that would trigger the chemical reaction and it eventually solidified into a hard crystal lump. It gave heat for hours and hours and it was amazing for period cramps and sore eyes. You then had to put it in hot water to reverse the chemical reaction, ready for the next use. It was fantastic and I cried bitterly when they started wearing away and burst one after the other after years of use.


By this if your room is next to the kitchen or if you aren't forgetful and lazy like me. Or if you have a mini-fridge in your room. Or if you live in Canada or Russia, simply leave it next to your window.


Or if you're channelling your inner Cyclops.


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4) Tea Tree Blemish Gel

58330m_lI don't even know what I bought this for because I just bought it to try to make my order up to a certain amount to get a free bottle of shower gel or moisturiser or something. I don't know what it's supposed to do but I guess it's for acne, so I used to dab it on spots.

It made no difference whether I used it or not, I might as well be dabbing water on- it's just lying at the bottom of the drawer unused. For a tiny little tube (2.5ml!!!), you'd think it'd be cheaper or at least effective. The reviews on the site rave about how it clears up spots quick, but for £6.50, I could achieve the same results with toothpaste at 1/10 the price.


5) Foundation Brush


10583m_lThis brush is annoyingly flat, like a paintbrush, and just as streaky. Liquid foundation goes on in streaks and requires intense blending, and never quite goes right for a hopelessly makeup-noob like me. I returned it to the TBS store in despair, saying how it didn't work out for me, and the shop assistant told me, conspiratorally, that she didn't use it either, and told me to pick up one of the fluffier ones instead to avoid streaking.

I did take her up on her offer, but it didn't work out much better either, and I've found a beauty blender works so much better.


Buy this if you love streaky foundation, lines on your face, or are a makeup expert that can make everything work for you. It's not cheap (£12), considering how you can get a whole Real Techniques basic set for the same price, but hey, if you have money to blow, be my guest.



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I hope you enjoyed reading this acerbic, tongue-in-cheek blog post and if The Body Shop ever sue me for gross misrepresentation of their products, at least I can say I had fun writing it! *hair flick*

Of course, it's all about finding the right products that work for everyone, in my opinion- and you unfortunately need to go through a lot of trial and error (and debt) before you find what works for you. I may not like these products, but take my advice with a pinch of salt, since I am a very bitter and sarcastic person and probably very incompetent in the use of such beauty/ body improvement products.


I always buy things on impulse without considering what I need (I bought two foot products even though my feet are alright, just because it was a 50% off sale) so yeah, there you are.


I will do a separate post on the top 5 most useful things I bought from The Body Shop next, by the way- maybe they won't sue me after all.


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Wednesday, September 9, 2015

New Content!

Hello everyone!
It's been awhile, hasn't it?

I'm sure you know most of my posts are primarily beauty product review posts.

I started this blog initially because I was frustrated with the lack of reviews that honestly told me how the products were like, without any of those posts that kept singing praises about a particular product.

I will be introducing more lifestyle and writing-related posts, along with the reviews I am already conducting. Honestly, the lack of a DSLR makes my posts a lot more boring, and I do wish I had access to a proper camera again.

Do keep an eye out for more posts!!

xoxo, Eve


Tuesday, July 14, 2015

Olay Total Effects 7-In-1 Day Cream (SPF 15) and Night Moisturiser

I've been using this product for about three months now, and I'd like to blog a little about it.
I ran out of my trusty The Body Shop Vitamin E Moisture Cream, and I didn't want to buy it again at full price without any sales being on. I came across this range by Olay on Amazon (I honestly spend too much time on there) that was going at a discounted price of £13.50 for both the Day and Night cream, and I jumped at the chance since I've heard great reviews about it.





Olay claims that the cream is unscented- though I find the day cream does have the strong smell of sunblock to it (sniff it at a sample counter and you will know what I mean)
I like the night moisturiser a lot more because it's lighter on the skin- the day cream leaves my face feeling very sticky and oily, which I guess is due to the fact I'm not used to wearing makeup or product on my face.
The day cream is good under foundation and I find it does help to even out skintone. It stings a little when I get really bad hormonal acne during the time of the month.
I found that with regular application of the day/night cream, my acne subsided somewhat for 4~5 weeks, which was quite a pleasant surprise for me as it's not really something that the product is advertise to help with.
The acne was back with a vengeance after that, though (and also partly due to stress and my itchy fingers), so I would say it helps with acne for the first few weeks of application.
It will not help with hormonal acne, though, but it does leave your skin feeling moisturised and refreshed. I much prefer the night cream and confess to skipping the day cream on hot days even though I know I should have something with SPF on!
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Likes:


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tumblr_inline_mpl4nskDvl1qz4rgp Helps with acne for first few weeks

Dislikes:

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tumblr_inline_mpl4np1jA61qz4rgp Oily and sticky feeling (day cream)

Overall Rating (3.5/5)

3 and half

Saturday, February 7, 2015

Sports Watch Review from Bicycles SG

I was kindly sent a Korean sports watch by Bicycles SG, touted as the No.1 Bicycle Shop in Singapore!

Since 2009, Bicycles SG have been providing all types of bicycles to Singaporeans from all walks of life.

"It started with a few bicycle enthusiasts asking us for recommendations due to our expertise. Soon, more people are coming to us to get a bicycle and finally, we started our own online bicycle shop in 2010."
-Bicycles SG, 'About Us'


Well, let's get this review started, shall we?
I got it in a very stylish gift box, that makes for a great and classy gift.


Here is the watch...




With all the components laid out. Exciting!

As you can see, the watch comes in a stylish, unisex design that makes a perfect gift for your loved ones- something that is sure to come in useful everyday!

I really like the soft white rubber straps, that are pretty water resistant (this does not mean you can take this diving, however-) so I don't need to worry about the strap tarnishing, none of the trouble you get with metal straps or leather.

You can have this watch on while exercising and just wipe it dry afterwards, which is a lot more convenient than taking it to be specially cleaned.

I expect this to be really resistant to wear and tear too, because of the design, and I'm sure the simple, clean-cut design is suitable for everyone from children to adults.


Here it is, on my mum's wrist. She really likes the huge watch face, because it makes it easier to read the time than her current one, ha ha!

By the way, I really like the rhinestones on it. Very elegant touch.

The strap also has lots of holes punched in that made it possible for everyone in my family to put it on- from my dad's meaty wrist to my youngest brother (10)!! So don't worry about needing to get extra holes punched in, it will definitely fit.


On a totally random note, my dad thought it was a earwax pick and said it was just the right size and shape for one.
Don't do that, folks. This weird little stick helps to change the battery when it runs out.
Extra batteries were kindly provided and I'll probably keep everything in the box just in case I lose it.

The sports watch is totally affordable- it goes at $14 SGD on the bicycle.sg site and you can purchase it here.

Of course, why stop at a watch? If you're an avid cyclist looking for a new bicycle, or just a casual cyclist, there is something for everyone on the site.

I would highly recommend checking out the guide on the site to choosing the right bicycle if you are unfamiliar with bicycles- you don't want to get an expensive heavy-duty bike just for running errands, right?

Make sure you know how much you are willing to spend- bicycles typically start at $100-200 SGD everywhere in Singapore and the site offers very competitive rates that are much lower than most other shops!

You could also have a browse-through in the Sale section (Singaporeans love good bargains, after all) to see if any bicycles are suitable for you!

In addition, there is an ongoing offer that should pop up immediately when you reach the site: Key in your email and get a coupon code to save up to 15% off your order.
This offer is valid for all bicycles!!

What are you waiting for? Check out the site now!!

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Disclaimer: all thoughts are my own, I am not affiliated with or was paid in any way to provide a positive review. I am not responsible for the original product.